December 19, 2010

Jungle School - Snow Day

Normally, summer is approaching here in Panama.  However, this year we have had rain, rain, and more rain.  The canal actually closed for a day, and most of the city has been without water as the filtering systems can’t keep up with all the sediment that the flooding brings.  What does this mean for us?  

Well, with the darkness of the sky it actually feels a little like winter (okay, fall really).  Maybe it’s a stretch, but a momma can dream, right?  I guess it is because my children have never seen or touched snow, that I always get excited about some winter fun.  So, we decided to dedicate this last Friday of Jungle School as a snow day.  

Our activities were:

Snowball Math - This was one of my favorites teaching Kindergarten, but preschoolers seem to have much less self control with edible math manipulatives.  hehe  So they counted out 10 snowballs, then learned how to lick them to stick them together for snowmen.  Most ended up just making a line and going for the “snowworm.”

Animal Tracks - I just filled a couple of lids with paint, and dug through our animals.  (Confession time...a “good” teacher would have chosen arctic animals, but I went for any white animals in case the paint wasn’t washable. hehe)  Children got to make the animals walk through the paint, then make tracks down a black strip of paper.

Snow Scenes - Here they drew pictures with a white crayon on blue paper, then add snow “goop” for the finishing touches.  Goop is a winter favorite of mine, and so easy to make!  Just mix equal parts flour, salt, and water, then pour into a squeeze bottle.  It dries bumpy or puffy, and the salt makes it sparkle!

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